The introduction of Arabic learning into England
Arabic learning was pervasive in medieval England. From the 11th to the 13th centuries, the period covered by this book, manuscripts in a wide range of subjects came to be translated, circulated, studied and translated by western scholars. The resulting influence of Arabic philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, astrologers, physicians and other thinkers was clearly very great.
Dr Charles Burnett, in this pioneering study based on a close examination of surviving manuscripts, reveals some of the ways in which Arabic learning was introduced into England, dealing respectively with monastic and cathedral schools, private tutors of the nobility and the early universities. It is a story of continuities: the successions of masters and pupils, the transmission of texts and the ideal system of learning which determined programmes of translation over long periods. It is also a story of impressive scholarly endeavour over many generations, in which the achievements of individuals such as Abelard of Bath, Robert of Ketton, Daniel of Morley, Alfred of Shareshill and Michael Scot stand out.
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